Juan Manuel Peña
Peña before a game with Bolivia
|Full name||Juan Manuel Peña Montaño|
|Date of birth||17 January 1973|
|Place of birth||Santa Cruz, Bolivia|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Peña played for Club Blooming in his home country and Independiente Santa Fe in Colombia, before moving to Spain in 1995. At Real Valladolid he was a defensive stalwart for nine seasons – sharing teams with compatriot Marco Sandy in his first – leaving for Villarreal CF upon his first team's 2004 relegation from La Liga.
At Villarreal Peña figured less prominently, but managed to score a rare goal, in a 3–0 home win against Málaga CF on 19 December 2004. After just six league appearances during 2006–07 he switched to Celta de Vigo, in the second division.
Following two seasons of intermittent use, Peña retired in mid-November 2009 aged 36, not wishing to pursue his career anymore after careful deliberation. However, on 25 March of the following year, he signed with D.C. United of the Major League Soccer.
After his debut for Bolivia in 1991 (aged 18), Peña went on to become one of its most capped players and team captain. With 85 international matches, he played a FIFA World Cup game, against Spain in 1994 (1–3 group stage loss), and also appeared in five Copa América editions.
Peña scored only once for the national team, in a friendly match with Honduras played in Washington on 11 October 2003. In his penultimate appearance, on 1 April 2009, he helped to the 6–1 demolition of Argentina in La Paz for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.
|1||11 October 2003||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C., United States||Honduras||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
- Peña inks Villarreal deal; UEFA.com, 26 August 2004
- Villarreal 3–0 Málaga; ESPN Soccernet, 19 December 2004
- United to sign Carey Talley; The Washington Post, 25 March 2010
- Juan Manuel Peña – International Appearances; at RSSSF
- Bolivia – Record international players Archived 11 June 2009 at WebCite; at RSSSF
- World Cup '94; Bolivia scores, but will still go home; The New York Times, 28 June 1994
- Bolivia humilla a Argentina (Bolivia humiliates Argentina); Marca, 1 April 2009 (in Spanish)